Vol. LXVI January 29, 1918 No. 5
SACKED FALLS, HAUULA, OAHU, HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
According to reports, twenty-two Norwegian ships
From Here and There were sunk by German submarines in the last month
of 1917, and during the year, 367 vessels. Since the
Mississippi is the first State to ratify the prohi- beginning of the war, 215 Danish ships have been sunk,
bition Amendment to the Federal Constitution. 234 persons losing their lives.
Mrs. Annie Sherwood Hawks, the author of the Earl Reading, lord chief justice, has been ap-
much-loved hymn " I Need Thee Every Hour," passed pointed British high commissioner to the United States.
away on Jan. 3, 1918. Besides taking over the work of the embassy as am-
bassador, he will have charge of the work of the Brit-
During the past year 1,000 trawlers, which are
ish war mission to this country.
used as mine sweepers around the British Isles, have
swept an average of 3,000 square miles daily, and re-
moved 4,600 German mines. A Unique Sabbath School Report
After more than three years of terrific war pres-
sure, isolated Germany's last loan offering produced
over three billion dollars, or quite as much as our first
O N the Sabbath day of November seventeen we
came to Sabbath school " on time," to feed our
insatiable soul appetite upon the bread of heaven. If
offering, when we were figuratively rolling in un- any were late they probably missed the first course of
touched wealth. the meal, which consisted of choice morsels from the
Mr. Herbert Hoover, when a student at Stanford one hundred forty-second psalm. Feeling refreshed,
University, was one of the young men who were we took a draft of the spirit of prayer, which Brother
glad to help meet expenses by waiting on table in Freeman served to us.
Encina Hall. He may therefore know more about the The host of the day was not exactly satisfied with
ways of and necessity for conservation of food than the music which accompanied the meal, so he very
one might suppose. naturally made excuses to his guests. However, he
The entire civilian population of Italy has been promised to give us an appetizing relish in the near
requisitioned for the purposes of war, official cables future, in the form of a five-minute exercise.
announce. There will be a general mobilization, and By this time we were all ready for some substantial
food for our souls. Mr. Patterson served us with the
those persons unable to bear arms will be put to work
on farms or in industries essential to the pursuit of same course we had had the week before, reheated and
the war. Every acre of tillable land has been requisi- garnished. Adventists never seem to tire of this par-
tioned by the government and will be redistributed ticular article of food, the law of God. Every time
it is served to them, they discover a new flavor and
equally among the people.
aroma. So instead of tiring of this food, they grow
It is feared that the antarctic relief ship " Aurora," more fond of it.
which took part in the Shackleton South Polar expe- The last course of the meal was served, not at the
dition, has been lost with all hands while returning to large family table, but at small tables scattered about
England. The vessel sailed from Wellington, New the room. The law was served in another form, and
Zealand, in June with a crew of about twenty-two, and the gospel added to it. This is one branch of food con-
nothing has been heard from it since. Vessels sent servation which Mr. Hoover has not regulated; so no
out to search for it found only a life buoy marked one need have guilty feelings because of overindul-
" Aurora " and some wreckage. gence. The children had their own tables, and were
Three thousand New York schoolgirls, working served with foods most needed to make them strong.
not more than one school hour a day, made 25,000 It seems strange to know that any one would de-
Red Cross articles in six weeks. It needs only the aid liberately stay away from such a feast; yet that is what
of a pencil to show that all the schoolgirls in the Em- forty-one members of our association did. However,
pire State could make three million articles, and that their places were filled by fifty-two visitors. These
the Red Cross would receive ten times as many, or guests and the two hundred members of the association
thirty million articles, if every schoolgirl in America who were present felt so much benefited by the repast,
did as much as those schoolgirls in New York. that they voluntarily gave $19.93. Our nost said that
this money would be used to provide the natives of
The Finnish government has declared its full in- foreign lands with the spiritual necessities similar to
dependence of Russia. Finland has prospered in many those of which we had just partaken.
ways in spite of Russia's misrule. Under the absolute Very truly yours,
monarchy the people were goaded to the point of revo- EVA M. WINTER, Secretary.
lution ; but under the limited monarchy the fires of
liberty were fanned into a flame, and when their ruling
government went to pieces the people found that it Principal Contents
was their opportunity to become an independent na- CONTRIBUTIONS PAGE
tion. To You, Young Men ................................ 3
The thirteenth Sabbath offering of the Takoma A Great Soul-Winner ............................... 4
Mountain Sunset (poetry) .......................... 5
Park Sabbath school on Dec. 26, 1917, amounted to Why Not Use the Best ? ............................ 6
more than $600. All of this came from individuals The Morning Watch ................................ 7
except eighty dollars given by the Review and Herald The Power of the Cross ............................. n
Our Little Isabella .................................. 12
Publishing Association. The offering of the Sabbath A Little Hindu Boy ................................. 12
schools on this thirteenth Sabbath is devoted to the Don't Delay ........................................ 16
Work of Three Men Done by One ................... 16
publishing work in the Asiatic Division. The General
Conference Sabbath School Department was asked to
The End of the Opium Traffic ....................... 5
raise $30,000, but it has hoped and worked for $50,000. A Spray of Columbine .............................. 7
If all the schools surpass their previous best effort as Breaking into' a Bat Apartment House ............... 8
much as the Takoma Park school did, the fifty-thou- Stones from the Sky ................................ g
Canaries and White Mice ........................... 10
sand-dollar goal will be reached. At the Door (poetry) ............................... 13
The Youth's Instructor
VOL. LXVI TAKOMA PARK STATION, WASHINGTON, D. C., JANUARY 29, 1918 No. 5
To You, Young Men
LOE A. SUTTER
/^^REETINGS to all of our young men. where if your look is gloomy, but there is no door that
V-T We are now in the new year. The old is dead. a smile cannot unlock.
Greetings to the new year. There are many possi- You are uneducated ? That is unfortunate, but no
bilities in it. For these I cheerfully wait. There are disgrace. There never were so many good books as at
many sorrows, no doubt, but for the present time. Free night
these I shall not worry. Old schools and correspondence
friends will move on, but there courses are open to all. If you
will be new ones, some of whom remain uneducated it is your own
will be as true as the old and fault, and the world will jog on,
tried. and leave you.
There will be responsibilities. You must be alert, active, ac-
My prayer is, that I shall shirk- curate, and persevering, or some
none of these. My aim is, that one will get your place.
each task shall receive my most Can you dream? If not, you
careful attention. Why should have missed a pleasure, but alas,
I slight any duty? Man expects the one who dreams continuously
of me, and God demands of me, never accomplishes a worthy
that each task be well done. task. It is your duty to see vi-
The new year brings a chal- sions, but in order to accomplish
lenge to youth. It flings its op- this duty your hands must bring
portunities for work, play, and your visions to fruition.
culture in the face of each boy Perhaps you are a cobbler?
and girl. What will you do with The world never needed cobblers
its proffers? The world needs more than now. The cobbler
you. God is calling for you, who will honestly put heels and
therefore arise in your might, soles on children's shoes will
and firmly grasp each duty, how- cheer the soul of many a bur-
ever small, so that each day may dened mother.
mark off some task well done. You are an ice man ? And all
Does the new year find you you can do is to carry heavy
discouraged? Remember, it is cakes of ice to the rear door of
not the world's fault that you are houses? But for your early de-
down. Perhaps you have talked livery of ice some baby's milk
too much, or worked too slowly. would have soured, and the little
Or it may be you were too anx- one have died. Your ice cooled
iously watching the clock for the the water for the burning lips of
closing hour, that brought about a fever patient. Keep delivering
your discharge. Thank God you ice. It may be, this year, that
are still alive, and can have an- you will do more good than last.
other opportunity to prove your You are a poor student ? Your
worth. lessons come hard, and your
The poor old world is jogging wardrobe is scanty? What of
along at the same rate at which t'hat? It is over this road that
the Master started it. It will many an author or statesman has
never stop for your whining, but traveled. Be thankful for your
it holds open its arms to embrace hard knocks, and keep plod-
you if you are young, strong, and ding on.
willing to work. Young man, be in earnest.
The shop needs you, the bank Unless you are dead in earnest,
invites you, the farm will many some other fellow will step in
times repay all your efforts; so ahead of you. The world's fa-
why complain about lack of op- vorite sons have earned their
portunities ? places by long hours of work,
There are bridges to build. despite unkind remarks, and the
There are books to sell. There jeers of the rabble.
are laws to make, and to defend Cheer up, look up, get up, and
from breaking. What stand with all your strength build a
will you take in the matter? character filled with good cheer,
Your greatest friend is the ex- honesty, integrity, alertness, and
pression you wear on your face. abundance of common sense.
THE ISLES SHALL WAIT FOR HIS LAW.
You may not be wanted any- ISA. 42: 4 This new year will roll on
4 THE YOUTH'S INSTRUCTOR January 29, 1918
apace. Greet it with good will. Use each moment a soul-winner. Few men, from the days of the apos-
well. Not by moping in discouragement, or apologizing tles, have been instrumental in winning more individ-
for your inability, but by reading good books, asso- uals to Christ than this unlearned and simple Karen
ciating with intellectual friends, and with a deep faith preacher.
in the eternal purposes of God content yourself with Rev. Francis Mason, a missionary to the Karens, in
the new year's gifts. his biography of Ko Thah Byu, says of his devotion:
" There is another characteristic of Ko Thah Byu,
as a preacher, which I shall endeavor to call a peculiar-
The Morning Light
ity ; and which in a great measure accounts for the very
BEYOND the war clouds and the reddened ways great success that attended his labors. It was, if I may
I see the promise of the coming days.
I see his Son arise, new charged with grace, so speak, his idolizing his work. It was with him not
Earth's tears to dry and all her woes efface. only the great business of his life, but the only work to
Christ lives! Christ loves! Christ rules!
No more shall might, which he attached the least importance. He not only
Though leagued with all the forces of the night, counted all things else but loss and dross in comparison
Ride over right. No more shall wrong with the knowledge of Christ Jesus, but, like his divine
The world's dread agonies prolong.
Who waits his time shall surely see Master, it was his meat and drink to impart that knowl-
The triumph of his constancy: edge to others. It was for the attainment of this object
When, without let, or bar, or stay, that he wished to live, and seemingly there was in his
The coming of his perfect day
Shall sweep the powers of night away mind no other object for which even life itself was
And faith, replumed for nobler flight, desirable.
And hope, aglow with radiance bright, Religious Conversation Always Seasonable
And love, in loveliness bedight,
Shall greet the morning light. " In introducing the subject of religion, he was the
John Oxenham. most unceremonious person I ever saw. It seemed to
be a settled point with him, that there could be no time
A Great Soul-Winner or place unsuitable for the introduction of religious
conversation. I have made a number of excursions
K O THAH BYU was the first convert among the
Karens, and he also became their first preacher.
As an evangelist he ranked as one of the world's great
with him, and I do not recollect that I ever knew him
to pass a person in the road without stopping him for
a few words of conversation on the subject of religion;
soul-winners. He was born about the year 1778 near and if the individual would consent, he would sit down
Bassiem, Burma. As a youth he was possessed of a by the wayside, and preach to him by the hour. Not
violent temper, was wicked and ungovernable, and later unfrequently has he in this way been left by his asso-
became a robber and a murderer. He hardly knew the ciates ; and in one instance they returned from one ex-
number of men he had murdered, probably between cursion, saying their patience was exhausted, and they
thirty and forty, but through God's saving grace he had left Ko Thah Byu preaching by the wayside."
who had been a destroyer later became a savior of men. On the ninth of September, 1840, Ko Thah Byu,
He fell under the blessed influence of Judson, Board- worn out with his arduous labors and after much suf-
man, and others, and in the year 1828 was baptized. fering with rheumatism, fell asleep. He was buried
Although a man of poor abilities and unlearned, he at the foot of one of the mountains of Pegu. " No
was possessed with a strong desire to make Christ mound marks his grave; no ' storied urn or animated
known among his fellow countrymen, and like Paul of bust' indicates his resting place; but the eternal moun-
old, he began at once to preach Jesus. It was not long tains are his monument, and the Christian villages that
till he had interested some in the gospel, and with clothe their sides his epitaph."
these he labored incessantly day and night. His ear- " 'Twas midnight in the jungle,
nestness and zeal knew no bounds. No sooner was one And not a leaf was stirred;
long tour finished than he was filled with longing and No restless stream was babbling,
determination to go again to other villages where Jesus No moonbeams woke the bird,
When the fearful traveler started.
had never been preached. During the rainy months And held his listening breath,
he would gather in the old and young, teaching them His trembling fingers grasping
His instrument of death.
to read and instructing them in the ways of God, but
as soon as the pleasant months came he began his tours " A sound had broke the stillness,
of preaching. , And filled his soul with dread!
Saved from Drowning 'Twas not the dead leaf rustling
Beneath the foeman's tread;
He was not a pastor. Those whom he had been in- 'Twas not the tiger's velvet step,
strumental in bringing to Christ, and who loved and When creeping from his lair;
But 'twas a sound more dear to God,
esteemed him, would not long endure his preaching, Ko Thah Byu in prayer.
for he was a man of very ordinary abilities, and many
of his converts soon knew more than he, and demanded " Ko Thah Byu is gone!
a preacher of more learning. But he was a successful His jungle prayer is done;
The war of life is ended,
pioneer preacher, and knew well those essentials of the The crown of life is won!
gospel specially adapted to bring men to a saving But Karen converts tell
knowledge of God. He hungered for souls, and was That prayer with God could gain,
And he hath sent the answer;
willing to undergo any privation to reach them. On He did not pray in vain.
one occasion, while traveling with another missionary
in a small boat, he was in great danger of losing his " He sleeps not where the Ganges roll,
life, when he cried out, saying, " I shall be drowned, Or sainted beech reed nods;
Beside his grave no lotus leaf
and nevermore preach the word of God to the Karens." Bore up the god of gods.
He was a man of simple faith and great in prayer. At He sleeps on Pegu's mountain,
times, it was said, he spent, like his Master, whole And naught disturbs him there;
With Karen hearts for monuments;
nights in prayer. Here was the secret of his power as His epitaph, his prayer.
January 29, 1918 THE YOUTH'S INSTRUCTOR
" His simple grave has eloquence Is it any wonder, then, that when, in 1906, the em-
Which living tongues have not; press dowager promulgated her decree ordering the
For know the love of Jesus
Has sanctified the spot. suppression of the drug within ten years, the world
Go hither, proud idolater, looked for the tongue in her cheek ? Or that when the
And, kneeling on that sod,
Own that a prayer, a heartfelt prayer, Chinese asked Great Britain to stop the opium imports
Alone avails with God." from India and urged the opium merchants in China
J. E. FULTON. to curtail their sales, a British official publicly said:
" It is impossible not to be skeptical of the intentions
The End of the Opium Traffic of the Chinese government, with regard to this matter" ?
It was not possible to be skeptical long. Two months
* I ''HE last wisps of smoke have curled from the after the empress's decree the government council had
1 opium pipes of China. The country is now com- framed a definite program for its execution the im-
paratively free of opium. In ten years China threw mediate closing of the dens for smoking and the reduc-
off the most terrible bondage that ever enslaved a tion of the area under poppy cultivation by one tenth
nation and at the same time consummated one of the each year. With savage, relentless strokes, without any
finest achievements in the history of any people. regard for financial loss, that program was carried out.
The last effort to prolong the life of the drug was In six months the closing of the dens had begun.
frustrated under circumstances that provided a fitting After three years American consuls reported that the
climax to the sweeping surge of idealism that charac- production of the poppy had been reduced fifty per-
terized the fight of a decade. For the last three years cent and that two million dens had been shut. In 1912
all China was closed to the traffic in opium except the five of the eighteen provinces had been closed to the
three provinces in which, ironically enough, the foreign traffic, and in 1913 five more. By 1914 fifteen were
interests dominated: Kiang-su, in which is Shanghai; free from the drug.
Kwang-tung, in which is Canton; and Kiang-si, in The amazing feature of the whole fight was its
which is Kiu-kiang. While the Chinese themselves overwhelming popular support. Seldom have there
sacrificed whatever property interests they had in the been such spectacles as the public burning of huge
traffic, the British importers who made up the Shanghai quantities of opium worth thousands of dollars, rich
opium combine, forced an agreement three years ago furnishings of dens, pipes, and all the paraphernalia of
allowing them to sell the drug in those three provinces smoking. These have been held from time to time in
until they disposed of their accumulated stocks. The various parts of the country with official and religious
expiration of that agreement was fixed at March 31, ceremonies.
1917, the date originally set by the Chinese government The one ugly fact was the part played by foreigners,
for the end of the evil throughout the country. as it was through the whole history of opium in China.
The combine, finding it could not dispose of its stock Forcing it originally on the Chinese at the point of
by that time, asked the government for an extension of guns, they resisted to the last its passing. Officially
that agreement until Jan. i, 1918, offering $16,000,000 China was given co-operation though not ungrudgingly,
for the privilege. That offer the government refused. in its effort to free itself from the curse.
In financial straits as it was, its treasury depleted by But the attitude of the foreigners living in China
revolution, forced even for a time to suspend specie who had an interest in the traffic was an ugly com-
payments, and negotiating almost begging for mentary on Western morals. So far from making
$5,000,000 loans in America, it refused. Strong po- any sacrifice, they made capital out of the suppression
litical pressure was brought to bear; the combine even of the drug. In cities like Shanghai, Tientsin, Han-
threatened to withhold $5,000,000 of the duty on its kow, where the foreigners have concessions or the
last months of operation. Still the government stood privilege of extraterritoriality, opium dens were open
firm, a magnificent stand for a principle. Backward, for years after they were closed in the adjoining dis-
material China! How many of the " civilized " pow- tricts under native jurisdiction.
ers, similarly situated, would have done the same? The only places in the country where a Chinese
How many governments, hanging by so tenuous a could get the drug that was the curse of his people
thread, would have balked at so small a compromise were those ruled by the civilized white man. And even
for so large a stake? to the last the opium merchants made their abortive
It was with just that splendid disregard for the effort, by bribe and threat, to prolong the life of those
pressure of the pocket nerve that the whole war on shops. But it was abortive. China won her liberty
the drug was carried on. To realize what this meant, from the sinister tyranny that bound her to decay.
financially at least, to China, you must compare it with Nathaniel Pfeffer, in the Independent.
the effect on the United States if the government were
suddenly to forbid the cultivation of wheat and corn.
Then imagine the people of those States not only sub- Mountain Sunset
mitting, but burning with elaborate ceremonies all agri-
THE day is done.
cultural implements. Over the western hills of blue
Opium was for nearly a century the largest vested The last bright rays of the lowering sun
interest in China, an interest in which thousands had Strike glory upward in a thousand blazing
streams of light.
their entire wealth and from which millions drew
their living. There were provinces in which there was From gold to pink, and then to gold again,
virtually no other crop, for opium always commanded Lavender, rose-pink, and ruddy red.
The sky tints come and go,
a much higher price than any other product. In ad- Painting in quiet loveliness
dition, the customs revenue on the poppy imported The canvas of the evening sky.
from India and the internal tax on the native product Fir and pine and castled crag
represented a large proportion of the entire revenue Silhouette in darkened form
of the country, more than $30,000,000. And on the Their outlines 'gainst the glory scene,
Speaking stillness, breathing coolness,
personal side, at least half the 400,000,000 people of Pointing upward to the blue.
the country were addicted to the drug. EDMUND JAEGER.
THE CAPITOL —FORMERLY THE ROYAL PALACE, HONOLULU
Queen Liliuokalani's Funeral
T HE superintendent of the Methodist Hawaiian
Mission, Honolulu, William Henry Fry, gave in
the Christian Advocate a graphic description of the
queen and high respect to her race. There were un-
mistakable signs of sorrow upon many countenances.
The last of the Kalakaua dynasty is gone, and the royal
royal funeral held under the Stars and Stripes " when funeral is the last that will ever be held under the
Hawaii's eighth and last monarch was given burial Stars and Stripes. The monarchy has run its course;
with a state funeral whose beauty, vivid color, and the last link that bound the people of the islands to the
impressiveness combined ancient and modern days ancient regime is severed."
the regime of a Pacific monarchy and a United States
Why Not Use the Best?
The following paragraphs are a part of Mr. Fry's
account of the imposing ceremony:
" Lilinokalani, last of the monarchs of Hawaii, last I N the use of clothing and other material it is a mat-
ter of economy to use the poorest first if it will
answer the purpose well, but not so with our language.
crowned ruler of the islands, queen and woman, sleeps
today in the silent crypt where lie the bodies of her The best is none too good, and it never deteriorates by
brothers, King Kalakaua and the other members of use. A long list of expressions better than those fre-
the Kalakaua family. Liliuokalani is dead, and with' quently heard might be given with profit. A slang
her dies the final vestige of monarchial rule. She was phrase or sentence may be perfectly grammatical and
laid to her final rest in the beautiful Nuuanu Valley yet tell loudly of lack of education and refinement.
yesterday, with all the impressive honors that would A teacher who was late in keeping an appointment
have been hers had she when she died been the ruler said, " I just broke my neck to get here." The waiting
of Hawaii. Nor was she honored in death" by the ones were glad her life had been spared to tell of the
people of Hawaii, her former subjects, only. A world great effort she had made; but she certainly should
joined hands to pay her final honors, not only as a have expressed herself more acceptably.
former queen, but as a woman who, deprived of crown We were surprised to learn there were so many in
and scepter, reigned still for more than a score of years attendance at the church school. Our informant said,
in the hearts of her people. " The teacher went out and drummed up patronage."
." Particularly did the United States Government, Would it not be more appropriate for a teacher to
successor to all her former power, pay her honor and " solicit " patronage, and leave the drumming for those
respect. The military escort, embracing all branches of who deal in groceries, dry goods, and other wares?
the service, was one of the most imposing ever seen in Emma had a " chance " to " stay " at home. She
Honolulu. Senators and representatives, representing was thankful for
the President of the United States, attended the cata- the " opportunity "
falque to the cemetery and stood in sincere sorrow as to " remain " with
the casket was borne into the silent crypt. Civil au- her mother. Which
thorities were present, and a wreath presented by Presi- is better ? Take
dent Wilson lay upon the casket as the solemn words your choice of the
of burial were read over all that was mortal of Lili- following:
uokalani, the last monarch of the islands. He never opened
" The week of state mourn- his head. He did
ing paid high honor to the not speak of it.
Statue of Kamehameha the
Great, the Hawaiian ruler from
January 29, 1918 THE YOUTH'S INSTRUCTOR
If they were on their jobs. If they understood their never again," she was saying to herself, while her lips
business. framed polite answers to her guest's words, " will I
Mary put off her visit. Mary postponed her visit. go to the woods in the morning! "
He looks very stylish. He appears very stylish. At last the caller rose to go. As she moved toward
When sister gets back. When sister returns. the door she stopped for a moment to look at a slender
MRS. D. A. FITCH. glass vase on the table.
" What beautiful columbine! " she exclaimed. " It's
the first I've seen this year."
The Morning Watch
The young hostess flushed to the roots of her golden
I N a very much more real and definite way than we
are apt to realize, we close our life's record every
night when we fall asleep, and start new again each
hair. Then the cause of her discomfort was made
" I'm dreadfully ashamed of the dust on that table,
morning. To progress in Christian living, as in every- Mrs. Glyndon," she said. " The truth is, I played
thing else, one must not only keep going, but keep truant this morning and went to the woods with my
going in the right direction. Going one direction one brother before I finished my dusting."
day and a different one each other day will not do. The older woman laughed and her eyes twinkled as
When clear sky breaks through after a period of thick she said:
weather, the mariner takes his bearings rights him- " Very wise you were to use the opportunity, and
self on his course. In some such way a few of the fortunate you were to have a brother to go with. Dust-
first minutes of each new day spent in taking our ing we have always with us, but our wild flowers stay
bearings squaring ourselves on our course for the such a little while! Take a little advice from me, my
new life that each morning brings would go a long dear," she added, a shade of seriousness crossing her
way toward taking out of our lives the wabbles, zigzags, strong face. " Don't bow down and worship your
and painful retracings that keep us going in a circle. housework. If I had my life to live over again, I'd
We should spend some time every morning in read- train my eyes to see more flowers and less dust."
ing the Bible, in prayer, and in taking an inventory of As she returned to her home duties, the young grad-
ourselves. Comparing our actual selves with what we uate thought, " I wonder if there is wisdom in her ad-
know we should be and expect to be, would give direc- vice." Then her thoughts ran on something like this:
tion to everything we do. Instead of so many hours " Training the eyes to see more of beauty and less
in the treadmill that so many of us find our day's work of ugliness involves training the mind to an apprecia-
to be,' each day's distance run might be one relay of a tion of the real values of life. And the real values of
continuous journey, each day's work might be prog- life are not always found where we expect them to be.
ress, and each day's record might be victory. A vase of columbine may be no excuse for habitual
The Morning Watch is helping many to live this life untidiness, but a morning in the woods surely does
of victory. Do you find yourself in a treadmill? Does bring one a feeling of rest. From it one assuredly does
your Christian life go in a circle instead of dead ahead? return to the work of the day with a clearer brain and
Try the Morning Watch. Try the Morning Watch higher aims." The Girls' Companion.
remedy; it will be worth your while.
W. C. FLAIZ.
The Man Behind the Smile
I DON'T know how he is on creeds,
A Spray of Columbine I never heard him say;
But he's a smile that fits his face,
young graduate, taking up new duties in the And he wears it every day.
J. home, in the absence of the mother of the family,
If things go wrong he don't complain
was entertaining her first caller. The caller was a Just tries to see the joke;
neighbor, a middle-aged woman with keen yet kindly He's always finding little ways
eyes, known to be the best cook and the best house- Of helping other folk.
keeper for He sees the good in every one,
miles around. Their faults he never mentions ;
She was chat- He has a lot of confidence
In people's good intentions.
but the young No matter if the sky is gray,
You get his point of view
hostess was The clouds begin to scatter.
decidedly un- And the sun comes breaking through.
You'll know him if you meet him,
"Never, And you'll find it worth your while
To cultivate the friendship of
The man behind the smile.
' Watch and pray, that ye enter not into
temptation." Matt. 26:41.
Nature and Science
Breaking into a Bat
T HERE is an apartment house in New York where
you can, if you will and are able, pay $25,000 a
year for your flat. If this is the latest word in houses
that hold many families under one roof, Mr. Roy C.
Andrews recently returned from China, where he
had been sent by the American Museum of Natural
A BAT WITH WINGS EXTENDED
History tells of finding what is probably the oldest
in the world. Its tenants are exclusively bats, and the odd tenants of the place; and the still and drowsy air
great community dwelling occupies an area equal to added to the uncanny effect. Presently a big fellow
two city blocks on a mountain side on the Tibet border, pendent from the end of a gallery stirred slightly and
and is many stories high. Here is the explorer's story: jostled his neighbor. A faint rustle, as of silken gar-
The Home of Thousands of Bats ments and furs, swept along the silent corridors, and
Some persons might have described the place as a the somber colonies stirred into action. Soon bats of
cave, although nature and the best bat families had all sizes and breeds were in flight. They flew about
developed it into an underground flat. We had to us, sometimes striking our faces with their smooth,
stoop in order to enter; but, for that matter, there are damp wings.
doors almost as small as this entrance,into Batland to Sometimes one reads of caverns of vampires, and
be found at the front of metropolitan cliff dwellings. here there came to us the thought of the legends that
Having successfully made our entry, we found our- have to do with these strange fluttering things of the
selves in a central court or great foyer, to the right and darkness. From such a retreat as this Dracula might
left of which there were deep galleries running back have come. Some of the creatures were eighteen
into the rock as far as the eye could see. On the roofs inches wide across their wings, and in the half darkness
of those chambers or corridors were hanging more bats they seemed much larger.
than I ever saw before or hope ever to see again. When They Swarmed Down upon Us
There were many thousands of them. Each division Several times the bats swarmed about us, so that we
had bats of one kind only. Apparently each species were nearly carried off our feet by the impact of the
of bat never went to visit any other variety. The soft bodies against us. We made our way back to the
atmosphere was close and clannish. This segregation entrance, beating down the whirring masses about us
process had been going on for centuries, no doubt, for with our clubs; but there was no time to stop and pick
the cave gave evi- up any of them.
dence of having been It was with a sense of relief that we gained the open
occupied by that class air. After that we did our bat collecting at the mouth
of tenants almost of the cavern by spreading a net across it and taking
from the beginning of such specimens as came out at dusk.
time. For thousands From a scientific point of view, this excursion into
of years these bats the gloomy corridors gave fine results; for I have
had been distributing every reason to believe that our collections include
themselves according several species never before described.
to race. Generations We left rather sooner than we wished, for a revolu-
of bats had come and tion or so had broken out in the vicinity. I have often
gone, leaving their wondered, since, whether the vampire aristocrats ever
bones in the cavern; got their classifications and social distinctions back to
and their children had normal; for certainly we did disturb the established
successfully kept up the class distinctions. order by our invasion. Every Week.
The Bat's Caste System
The big bats gathered by themselves; the medium- THE book " In Nature's Haunts with Youthful
sized brown bats had their own galleries; and the tiny Minds," which was advertised in the INSTRUCTOR of
bats, which seemed more like huge insects than ani- Dec. 4, 1917, has been increased in price from fifty
mals, were clustered in special reservations. The ar- cents to seventy-five cents. Order of the Review and
rangement was so orderly that one might think it was Herald Publishing Association, Takoma Park, D. C.
a bat department store in charge of a new efficiency
expert. For any sort or condition of bat, you would
go »down so many aisles and turn to the right or the " DON'T let your scraps of time go to waste they
left, as you saw fit. are all needed to fill out the pages of the book
Imagine bats descended from long lines of forbears of life."
brushing disdainfully past the ones that had been in
the cave only since the Kang-hsi dynasty, and gathering
up their fur as they went for fear of coming in con- " DON'T let your testimony get ahead of your ex-
perience be honest in religion as well as in business."
tact with social climbers. To such as these the events
of our lives would seem as only incidents, they had
been exclusive so long. " THE humble enjoy continued peace, but in the
Our torches gave only enough light to make out the heart of the proud is envy and frequent indignation."
January 29, 1918 THE YOUTH'S INSTRUCTOR
pound stone at Knya Linya, in Hungary, penetrated
Stones from the Sky the earth to the depth of eleven feet, which shows it
was falling at high speed. Some observers computed
N 1492, just about the time that Columbus was dis-
I covering the New World, a great stone meteorite
was seen to fall from the sky in Ensisheim, Alsace.
its speed at forty-five miles a second.
More than 650 falls and finds of meteorites are re-
corded. The largest known sky stone is the one Peary
Its coming was accompanied by a loud, crashing noise. brought from Cape York, in Greenland. It weighs
This stone from the sky was carefully preserved, and seventy-three thousand pounds. The next largest lies
today pieces of it are to be seen at the Smithsonian in the plain of Bacubirito, Mexico, and weighs fifty
Museum, Washington, D. C. thousand pounds. The third is the Willamette meteor,
A famous stone that came crashing down in Phrygia in Oregon, which weighs thirty-one thousand pounds.
in Asia Minor, about 200 B. c., was worshiped by the These are all masses of meteoric iron. The largest
people as an idol. They called it Cybele, the mother mass of meteoric stone is the Knya Linya stone, which
of the gods. is now in a museum at Vienna, Austria. Forward.
The Kaaba, of Mecca, the sacred black stone which
the Mohammedans worship as a holy relic, is a meteor-
ite, and fell in the seventh century. A very large and The War Octopus
ancient sky stone, the Casas Grandes ironstone, which
weighs a ton and a half, fell in Mexico in prehistoric
times. It was found by explorers in an old Mexican
T HE American motorist may well be thankful that
he can secure gasoline at as reasonable a price as
he now pays, for when he considers that France alone
temple, swathed in mummy cloths, showing that it had uses 4,000,000 gallons every month, Saloniki 1,500,000,
been venerated as an idol. Egypt 90,000, while 1,000,000 gallons are necessary for
In those days no astronomer could explain the sky the English home forces, besides the immense output
stones, and many denied that they really fell. As late consumed by our own government, it is a wonder that
as 1772 it was insisted by French scientists that a he can secure the commodity at any price.
stone reported to have fallen at Luce was only an
In the early part of the war all the canning and
ordinary rock that had been struck by lightning.
reshipping of the fuel for use of the armies on French
But in 1794 Chladni collected all the accounts of
soil was done at one English port. This was possible
known meteorites, and called the attention of scientific
when the monthly consumption was only 250,000 gal-
men to the Pallas ironstone. It was found among en-
lons ; but as the work expanded new methods of han-
tirely different rocks on the top of a lofty mountain in
dling the gigantic business were devised. America is
Siberia. It could not possibly have been carried there
not the only place where things are done in a hurry;
by man. The stone must have fallen from the sky.
and since the new method of supplying gasoline to the
As if to prove Chladni right, an observed shower of
armies meant the removal of canning factories to
meteorites fell that same year at Siena, and the next
France, prompt action was taken. The Saturday Eve
year a fifty-six-pound stone fell out of a clear sky
ning Post gives the following instance of genuine war-
almost at the feet of a man in Yorkshire.
The French still doubted, however, until a shower
of stones occurred in 1803 near Paris, when over three '' On a certain Thursday night the largest of these
thousand stones fell. Then every one was convinced. gasoline-can factories was operating in a town in Eng-
But in some ways man knows no more today about land. Exactly nine days afterward it was in full swing
at a port in France. Every ton of machinery had been
where meteorites come from than he did long ago.
The sky stones have no .trace of animal or vegetable moved in that time and set up without mishap. It
moved into a series of abandoned factories that had
remains, so they can reveal nothing of life in other
spheres. All the stones have a thin, dark, glasslike been carefully prepared for the change. Another can
factory rose out of a marsh in exactly eight weeks.
crust, the surface having been fused by heat. Yet very
In this case wooden buildings had to be erected and
few are warm when they reach the ground, and some
the machinery assembled in England and shipped over.
are icy cold. Sky stones have fallen on a stack of
The construction and operation of these factories in
straw without setting it on fire, or in dry grass without
France has released six ships that are now employed
even charring it.
for other tonnage.
At night a trail of light shows the fall of a meteor;
but in daylight they fall without any such appearance. " These can factories work day and night. The
Usually there is a noise like musketry or thunder. operatives are English boys too young to fight but are
Their speed has never been measured, but one 560- a part of the army organization and wear khaki. Just
as soon as they reach military age they go into the
fighting forces or the army service corps. Meanwhile
they are drilled and get a rudimentary idea of the
military game. It keeps them fit.
" These boys are supplemented by thousands of
Frenchwomen, who adapt themselves surprisingly well
to the labor-saving machinery.
" The new cans go straight from the factory to the
filling-room, where women do all the work. From
eight to ten thousand cans are filled every day. Rail-
way tracks run straight into these annexes, and every
day four solid trains of gasoline go up the line from
each depot. The standard railway freight car in France
contains 1,200 gallons of fuel, and each train averages
40 cars. Immense as this supply seems, it is just
enough to keep the voracious engine of British mechan-
A METEOR WEIGHING 1,015 POUNDS, WHICH FELL
IN AN ARIZONA CANYON ical transport tuned up and humming."
10 THE YOUTH'S INSTRUCTOR January 29, 1918
The Elephant's Sagacity Canaries and White Mice
OTEPHEN TROWBRIDGE says that frequently
V-/ " as many as 350 elephants in one herd passing
over the prairies, breaking down trees and bushes, and
N OT long ago the War Department received a tele-
gram from General Pershing, reading:
" Send one thousand canaries and one thousand
eating the grasses and leaves," are seen in the Sudan. white mice."
" The wild elephant is a very lively animal and a The message was sent to the chief purchaser for
powerful fighter. He has a remarkable memory, and the expeditionary forces. He read the words and sent
if he has ever been wounded by hunters, he is likely the dispatch back to the Secretary of War with the
to charge ferociously the next time he meets any. In request that it be uncoded. The coderoom of the War
Mongala the natives climb trees, weight their spears Department returned it with a note saying that it could
with stones, and when the elephants pass beneath the not be uncoded, that it was just a plain telegram.
branches, they drive at them with the weighted spears The purchaser was baffled. He did not know
and then follow the wounded beasts for hours, in the whether the telegram was a joke or an order, so he
hope of getting the ivory of the tusks. consulted a former United States military attache in
" Elephants rarely cross bridges. You can follow France.
their tracks for miles along a river or over a prairie, " Do you suppose that General Pershing actually
but when they come to a bridge, they turn aside. wants white mice and canaries ? " he asked the captain,
Sometimes they come out and travel on the govern- handing him the cable.
ment roads, as if they understood just what the road " Yes, sir! " was the military reply. " White mice
was made for. Elephants do not see well, but they and canaries are placed in the first-line trenches because
have a very keen sense of smell, and they can wheel they can detect poisonous gases much quicker than the
about with astonishing rapidity to attack an enemy." soldiers. When a soldier sees a canary bat its wings
or a white mouse try to bury its nose, he understands
that it is high time for him to put on his gas mask.
A Plague of Mice
White mice and canaries have saved thousands of lives
E UROPEAN field mice have increased to such an
extent that they are doing enormous damage
throughout the states of New South Wales, Victoria,
in France, and we should supply our army immedi-
It is hardly necessary to add that the United States
and South Australia. Their attacks upon the wheat purchased the white mice and canaries at once and
lying stacked in bags, awaiting shipment, alone shipped them to France, and in doing so we almost ex-
threaten loss to the extent of millions of dollars. To hausted the supply. I know of only two white mice
save this wheat all the stacks are being surrounded with that were left behind; perhaps there are many others,
mouse-proof fences of galvanized iron, with openings but these two belong to Mary Roberts Rinehart.
left every sixteen feet, in which are placed kerosene Saturday Evening Post.
tins, sunk in the ground with six inches of water in the
bottom. The mice already in the stacks when this
miniature fortification is put in place must go out for Look Pleasant
water, and when they try to do so they fall into the WE cannot, of course, all be handsome.
tins. At one country railroad station nearly ten thou- And it's hard for us all to be good;
We are sure now and then to be lonesome,
sand mice were caught in this way in a single night. And we don't always do as we should.
The experiment of driving the pests out of a stack by To be patient is not always easy,
To be cheerful is much harder still,
using the fumes of carbon bisulphide has also been But at least we can always be pleasant,
tried with some success. Scientific American. If we make up our minds that we will.
And it pays every time to be kindly,
Although we feel worried and blue;
If you smile at the world and look cheerful,
Planting Trees Worth While The world will smile back at you.
So try to brace up and look pleasant,
F OR one hundred fifty years the street department
of Baden, Switzerland, has been planting all the
roads with apple, pear, cherry, and nut trees.
No matter how low you are down;
Good humor is always contagious,
But you banish your friends when you frown.
The trees came from state horticultural schools, and Exchange.
cost about ninety cents apiece. Each tree yields an
average of $2.50 a year a clear gain per tree of $i .60.
The crop from these trees is sold at public auction, KEEP a brave spirit, and never despair; hope brings
and the proceeds are spent on the upkeep of the roads you messages through the keen air Good is victori-
and on planting and looking after the trees themselves. ous God is everywhere. The Calendar of Sun
The work is done by street wardens, who are obliged shine.
to take a course of four or five weeks' instruction at a
state horticultural school in the cutting and transplant- WE may build more splendid habitations, fill oui
ing of young trees, pruning, spraying, grafting, and rooms with paintings and with sculptures, but we can-
protection from insects and blights. not buy with gold the old associations. Longfellow.
Here is an idea for our fruit-growing States. Ev
THE sweetest music is not in oratories, but in the
human voice when it speaks from its instant life tones
FROM the sunlit heights of life the deep vales and of tenderness, truth, and courage. Emerson.
hollows of its necessities look darkest, but to the faith-
ful whose part lies there, there is still light enough to
show the way, and to no other eyes do the everlasting MY shortest days end, my lengthening days begin,
hills and blue heaven seem so brilliant. James Mar- What matters more or less sun in the sky,
When all is sun within?
tineau. Christina G. Rossetti.
January 29, 1918 THE YOUTH'S INSTRUCTOR 11
A Boon, My Lord
Of all the golden gifts that there may be, Be this the aim of every work and word,
I would be bold, my Lord, to ask for this: The source and limit of my liberty,
Be it in all my glory and my bliss Life's blessedness and best prosperity:
To make my little world think well of thee. To make the world think well of thee, my Lord.
I cannot pay thee for thy love to me;
But since I am so greatly in thy debt
I fain would give thee all that I can get,
And live to make the world think well of thee.
Rev. Mark Guy Pearse.
The Power of the Cross
M. G. CONGER
N EARLY three thousand years ago the city throng ner may obtain victory, may be lifted out of self into
that went out of one of the most important East- a new life and a more abundant service for Christ
ern cities viewed on a near-by hill the form of three Jesus. It is the cross upon which he was crucified
crosses, on the center one an individual who, the in- that brings to one's mind noble, uplifting thoughts, that
scription said, called himself the " King of the Jews." causes one to think of Jesus, of the value of a life, and
From that day to this, for nineteen hundred years, the of " what shall a man give in exchange for his soul ? "
cross has been prominent in the world's life, and men It brings sweetness into all lives and dispenses grace
have had to consider and comfort wherever
whether they would its power is felt. May
make Jesus the center of the great God teach us
life's attraction, whether its wonderful strength,
they would allow him to help us to exemplify it
be King in their hearts. in our lives, and to tell
Six millenniums ago others of the secret of
serious rebellion broke its power.
out among the angels of
heaven, which rebellion
was carried to the newly Counting the Cost
created world, causing OEOPLE who visit
havoc and ruin to the battle front re-
souls of men as it had to mark upon the religious
the angelic host. The THE SCRIPTURE WAS FULFILLED, WHICH SAITH, AND HE WAS seriousness of the sol-
NUMBERED WITH THE TRANSGRESSORS." MARK 15:28
One with the Father diers in the trenches.
looked down the stream of time and saw in the cross It would be surprising and pitiable if such were not
the power to save ruined man and the power to draw the case with men standing face to face with death;
doubting angels, who sympathized in the rebellion, back but the fact that many of the men are hungering for
to their allegiance to God. And he said, " I, if I be spiritual help offers opportunity to and throws great
lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." responsibility upon all Christians. Therefore by word
The cross has proved itself to have an unlimited power of mouth, when possible, and by Christian literature,
for drawing souls from the evils that beset them to the we should do our utmost to point the soldier men and
life that is in God. boys to the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin
Into many lands the sweet message of the cross has of the world.
found its way and lifted from the dregs honest-hearted Such effort must produce happy results. The fol-
men and women. A few nights ago some of our mis- lowing incident reveals what was accomplished by a
sionaries were walking down the streets of one of Chi- solicitous remark even before the present struggle broke
na's cities, passing and being passed by throngs, when upon the people:
out of the darkness a musical voice rang out, " Ping-an " Two young soldiers were talking about the service
si-mu," Peace to you, lady (the Chinese Christian's of Christ. One of them said, ' I can't tell you all that
greetings), and they turned aside to catch a better the Lord Jesus is to me. I do wish that you would
glimpse of one who had been lifted from heathenism enlist in his army.' ' I am thinking about it,' answered
and whose clear voice in the midst of China's darkness his comrade, ' but it means giving up several things;
was praising the sacrifice of the cross. This Chinese in fact, I am counting the cost.' An officer passing at
Christian is only one of the hundreds of Chinese who that moment heard the remark, and laying his hand on
are daily witnessing for Christ and who are of the the shoulder of the speaker, said: ' Young friend, you
same material that the several thousands were who, in talk of counting the cost of following Christ; but have
the days of the Boxer uprising, rather than deny its you ever counted the cost of not following him ? ' For
power by spitting on the forms of crosses drawn in days that question rang in the ears of the young man,
the sand, suffered the death of one hundred cuts. and he found no rest till he sought it at the feet of the
Its strength cannot be estimated by earthly standards Saviour of sinners."
nor its power measured in our terms. It is the power The enlisted men are not alone in their need of
of love. The warm rays of its benign influence have Christ. All men should now press close about him;
saving-man power and draw a world to the cross. On but especially do our young people need to grasp the
its silent, rugged bars the pure and unselfish love of Lord's guiding hand firmly that they may pass through
Jesus is manifested. His love, like a white robe, cov- the temptations and trials of this precarious time un-
ers the vilest sinner, and his blood, like a crystal stream, hurt, their loyalty to right and truth unsullied, and
will cleanse the deepest stain. By his grace every sin- their enthusiasm for service undampened.
12 THE YOUTH'S INSTRUCTOR January 29, 1918
Our Little Isabella
O NE Sunday afternoon when visiting in my old home town, an
acquaintance said, " Come home with me; I want to show you
something." I accepted the invitation, and when we arrived my
friend proudly ushered me into a room. Here, to his surprise, we
found his baby, " Belle," all alone. I was so stunned by the deathly
expression on the child's face I could not say one word, and I knew
that the young father, who was not yet twenty, was anxiously listen-
ing for some word of praise about the wee bit of humanity that meant
so much to him. I said, " Your baby looks very ill." He pleaded,
" O, don't say that; surely she is all right."
Soon the mother came in and I thought that she could not realize
her child's condition, so I said, " Unless something is done, and that
right away, your baby cannot possibly live."
To my consternation she said, " I know it, and I will be glad
when she is out of the way. I want to attend balls and theaters, but
all I can do is to stay here and take care of her."
I at once concluded that she had not even done what she claimed
she had to do. For several days I took care of the little mite. Then
when I must return home I could not bear to leave the child in that
condition, so I offered to take her home with me and care for her.
At this suggestion the mother was pleased, but the father pleaded
with her to keep their baby and take care of it. She refused.
I took the child home with me and found that she was not only
starving, but had been drugged and otherwise seriously neglected.
ANOTHER OF OUR HOME TREASURES
She weighed but six pounds, though three months old.
After a few weeks little Belle began to grow stronger midnight as I was holding her in my lap, her face
and brighter. She grew right into our hearts and was brightened, and she held her arms up and said in a
the joy and pride of our home. When she had been strong, clear voice, " I'm coming, Jesus." For several
with us one year she weighed only twelve pounds, one minutes she seemed in the presence of Jesus, then
pound for each month. It seemed that her growth closed her eyes and said, " Mamma, I saw Jesus."
was stunted, but she was short and plump, and had She soon passed away, and though her life was
the brightest mind for a child of her age I have ever short, three years and seven months, it was an in-
known of. She loved to hear stories about Jesus and spiration to every one who came in contact with her.
see pictures of him. It was a pleasure to us to teach She was very thoughtful of others, always obedient,
her little songs, for she learned readily. She would and a devoted little follower of Jesus.
learn a song and go to the organ and pretend that she Although it was hard to give her up, we know it is
was playing it, while her cheerful little voice would best that she never had to know that her own mother
ring out above the discord of the organ. As she went had gladly given her away. A full realization of the
about helping mamma she would sing, and her favorite song, " There'll be no dark valley when Jesus comes "
song was, " There'll be no dark valley when Jesus will be hers in eternity. L. STONER NOLIN.
When she was two years old she had gained only
four pounds, but was growing a little taller. We car- A Little Hindu Boy
ried her with us to visit my parents, and how they did
love her and she them! Her own father was here A BOUT twenty-five years ago, there lived in a vil-
lage of central India, three Hindu brothers. They
at this place, and she saw him many times and became were all well-to-do farmers, but belonged to the Rajput
very much attached to him. The fact that she had dhobi caste. That is, they were warriors and also
one mamma and two papas puzzled her considerably. laundrymen. One by one, each of these brothers se-
She would tell her father about Jesus and ask him cured a large farm, many cattle, a comfortable house,
to read his Bible and pray. Often she would say, and a wife. But, sad to say, only one of the families
" Papa, don't you love Jesus? I do." He greatly en- had any children.
joyed having her sing her little songs to him. When the father who was blessed with a child looked
When baby Belle was three years old we moved to for the first time upon the face of his little son, he
California. Here the greatest joy of her life was given was very proud and happy. Of course this boy was
her, that of Sabbath school attendance in the kinder- loved by all the relatives. He had good care, and the
garten division. She could hardly wait from one best of food and clothes. Like all little Hindu boys
Sabbath to another. The Little Friend and the Mem- from good families, he had jewelry on his arms and
ory Verse Cards were her most precious possessions. ankles and in his ears.
She was indeed an earnest little Christian. When any The Hindus have large camp-meetings or fairs every
small trouble came into her path she would go alone year, where they sell all sorts of pretty things, and
and drop on her knees and pray Jesus to help her. where they worship large, ugly stone idols, all covered
After being in California a few months she had over with oil and red paint.
la grippe, then contracted scarlet fever. For weeks Now when Neraput Sing, as the little Hindu boy
she suffered intensely, and then pneumonia and spinal was called, was about six or seven years old, he was
meningitis set in. She was brave, and tried hard to taken to such an idol camp-meeting, and while there,
be cheerful. She would whisper to us to sing to her among so many thousands of people, cattle, etc., he
after she had tried and could not. One night about lost his parents. His fond father searched and
January 29, 1918 THE YOUTH'S INSTRUCTOR 13
searched for him, but could not find him anywhere. Carolinians was taken seriously ill with acute indiges-
About this time there was an awful famine in central tion, and the conversation and ridicule of the Negro
India. Many were starving for food and dying for ceased and turned to inquiry if a physician was aboard
water. The sepoys, or policemen, had been instructed the train. When every white passenger aboard had
to gather up all famine children, and take them to a been questioned, the South Carolinian reached the
large shed, where they were fed on milk and porridge. Negro and blurted out, " Are you a preacher or a
Many of their parents had forsaken them because they doctor?" The Negro answered politely but assuringly,
could not support them longer. Those were sad days " I am a physician and surgeon." " Well," said the
for both parents and children. South Carolinian, " help this man."
And that was a sad day for little Neraput Sing, when The Negro physician said: " Gentlemen, your con-
he lost his father, and the policemen took him to an- versation when I first came into the car put me in a
other town and put him in with all those bony, half- very embarrassing position. I have been anxious to
starved little children. But he did not know the name serve your friend, but afraid to offer my services. It
of his father or his village, and so he had to go where will please me to do all I can." The Negro physician
the policemen led him. proceeded to relieve the sufferer, see that he was taken
For a long time, that anxious and worried father to his berth and ministered to during the night. " No
hunted everywhere for his little boy, but could find no charge," was the reply made when money was offered.
trace of him whatever. A heavy rain fell in that part The next morning the patient was in good condition,
of the country, and the river was badly swollen. When barring weakness, the party happy, and the relieved
the water went down, the swollen body of a little boy one thankful.
about the age of Neraput Sing was found, and they The Negro physician, having been up during the
thought it must be the one the father was looking for. night, slept rather late the next morning, but the party,
The missionaries used to go to the sheds where the even though speeding through North Carolina, wanted
famine children were gathered, and take them away to the Negro physician to breakfast with them in the
their mission stations, where they would be cared for dining-car on the first call. The South Carolinian went
and taught about Jesus. And so it happened that little to his berth, got the doctor up and took him into the
Neraput Sing was taken, with some of the others, by diner and ate with him. The doctor ate a " square
Mr. Godshall, to a mission station miles and miles meal forty miles long," so he says, and never had a
away. There he found a home, and there he learned better time in all his life. Thus essentials to progress
of Jesus. possessed and demonstrated and waiting one's oppor-
But Mr. Godshall could not care for so many boys, tunity win nonessentials. Man's extremity is God's
so he asked me to take sixteen of them to our station, opportunity. Christian Advocate.
little Neraput Sing among the rest. When he joined
us I called him Lem Wood, and he has gone by
At the Door
that name ever since. He has studied Marathi, Hindi,
Is that you knocking at the door,
and English since then, and has also held a good gov- - Mr. Wind?
ernment position and drawn good pay. He is married Is that you knocking at the door?
to a good Christian wife, and now has a son and daugh- You needn't knock so hard,
For the door is always barred,
ter of his own. So you needn't leave your card,
Lem Wood hunted up his old father and his uncles, Mr. Wind.
but they did not know him until he showed them a
Is that you knocking at the door,
scar on his side, made by a big boil. Then they said, Mr. Rain?
" O, yes, this is our child." The old father was almost Is that you knocking at the door?
beside himself with joy. He gave presents to all in We think you'd better stop,
For we do not need a drop,
the village, and fed his boy on the best the market had. And we haven't time to mop,
Then he went with Lem to visit his home. One day, Mr. Rain.
later on, he sent him five big bags of wheat.
Is that you knocking at the door,
Today Lem Wood is keeping the Sabbath, and with Mr. Snow?
his wife, is assisting in our mission work at the Kalyan Is that you knocking at the door?
station. We are glad that Lem was lost. And we are You may try the window sills
And the valleys and the hills,
glad that we found him, and that he and his father and But you give us all the chills,
all their relatives are rejoicing. M. D. WOOD. Mr. Snow.
Is that you knocking at the door,
A Negro Doctor on the Pullman Is that you knocking at the door?
You're welcome here today,
A NEGRO physician, trained in a Methodist medi-
cal college, boarded a Pullman car in a certain
city near Mason and Dixon's line, en route to his home
For you bring good news we pray,
And we hope you've come to stay,
in a Southern State.
On entering the car he was the object of conversation
and ridicule by a few Anglo-Saxons from John C. BE not anxious about tomorrow. Do today's duty,
Calhoun's State, who were not accustomed to riding fight today's temptation, and do not weaken and dis-
with the Negro. Much was said by the South Caro- tract yourself by looking forward to things which you
linians about the Negro for his benefit, but the Negro cannot see, and could not understand if you saw them.
was of the sort to grin and bear, trusting that the Charles Kingsley.
Lord would take him through, as so often colored men
must do under similar circumstances. The limited
sped along at a fifty-mile-an-hour gait, when all at " THE man who is always grumbling on earth will
once, a hundred miles down the line, one of the South never find a crown to fit him in heaven."
14 THE YOUTH'S INSTRUCTOR January 29, 1918
Missionary Volunteer Your question is almost too broad to be answered
briefly. You do not state whether your friend is young
Department or old nor what kind of reading he enjoys. Possibly,
however, to mention a few books that are fascinating
M. E. KERN .............................................. Secretary
as well as helpful will be all the suggestion you desire.
ELLA IDEN . . t . „ . .
MATILDA ERICKSON IC •••••••••••••••••••••••• Assistant Secretaries Here are a few good Junior books: " Boy Wanted,"
MRS. I. H. EVANS ................................. Office Secretary by Nixon Waterman, $1.25; "The Girl Wanted,"
MEADE MAC GUIRE ) by Nixon Waterman, $1-25 ; " Uganda's White Man of
C. L. BENSON \.............................. Field Secretaries
J. F. SIMON 1 Work," by Sophia Lyon Fahs, sixty cents; " Winning
the Oregon Country," by John T. Paris, sixty cents;
Missionary Volunteer Work in Brazil " Daybreak in Korea," by Annie L. A. Baird, sixty
cents; " Places Young Americans Want to Know," by
A LL round the world our young people are springing
into active service for the Master. Word from
Brazil gives the following items for
Everett T. Tomlinson, $i; " Children's Missionary
Story-Sermons," by Hugh T. Kerr, ninety cents;
The Missionary Volunteer Goal for 1918 " True Bird Stories," by Olive Thorne Miller, $i;
" The White Queen of Okoyong," by W. P. Living-
150 To read the Bible through.
250 Reading Course certificates.
If yo'ur friend would enjoy a book for more mature
100 Young people converted.
young people, get one of the Senior Reading Course
200 Reporting members.
leaflets, and look over the list of excellent books in
$500 For missions.
past courses. We shall be glad to give you information
These words from one of the Brazilian young people about any of these books. " Wild Life on the Rock-
express the spirit of our Missionary Volunteers in that ies," by Enos A. Mills, $1.75, is a fascinating nature
great republic: book. " The Days of June," by Mary Culler White,
" I am very glad to write you some lines in regard sixty cents, is a most interesting biography of a young
to the importance of the young people's society. By woman who went to China, and it cannot fail to leave
the help of the Lord I have tried to accomplish all my the reader with a desire to live a more useful life. Any
promises to the Lord. I have received such blessings of these books may be secured from your tract society
from him, that by words I cannot express my gratitude or the Review and Herald Publishing Association,
to him. Before, I never had the desire or the custom Takoma Park, D. C. M. E.
to study the Word of God in a regular manner. But
today, praise the Lord, I am ready to overcome all the
difficulties by the help of our dear Jesus." Just for the Juniors
The Missionary Volunteer secretary for Brazil
writes: ' J " is for Junior; though young, we are strong
" My experience in the work here among our people And mean to fight bravely against sin and wrong.
Our lives hid in. Christ, we shall conquer each foe,
is, that in every place where new believers are brought Stand firm for the right, and learn to say " No."
into the truth, the Lord is calling many young people
to accept it. I can see a very promising future for our 'S" for Society; in strength there is might,
With the breastplate of faith and the banner of light.
work in behalf of our young people." Then onward we'll go, and triumphantly sing,
Let our Missionary Volunteers from every land For Christ is our Saviour, and Captain, and King.
unite in making the year 1918 one of great conquests Selected.
for the kingdom of Christ. M. E. K.
The Heathen Beat
Our Counsel Corner
R OBERT'S uncle gave him a nickel. ' Now,' said
Robert, ' I shall have some candy; I have been
wanting some for a long while.' ' Is that the best way
When one meets an individual several times a day, is it you can use it ? ' asked his mother. ' Oh, yes ! I want
necessary to speak each time, if one has recognized and the candy.' And off he ran to buy it. His mother,
greeted the acquaintance at the first meeting?
sitting at the window, saw him running, then suddenly
On this point one authority says: " It is not neces-
stop. She thought he had lost his nickel, but he started
sary to bow every time you meet in passing and re-
off again, and she saw him stand before the candy
passing often during the day, although some sign of
store. Then he stood with his hand on the door latch
recognition is always good; but when upon the first
and his eye on the candy in the window. His mother
meeting during the day proper greetings have been
wondered what he was waiting for. Soon she was
duly exchanged, a slight inclination of the head, a
surprised to see him run back home without going into
touch of the hat, a cordial glance, is sufficient. More
the store. Rushing into the parlor, he exclaimed,
could be made very tiresome if you were to meet often
' Mother, the heathen have beat! The heathen have
while about the day's business."
Junior Age " ' What do you mean ?' she asked. ' Why, as I
What is meant by a Junior Missionary Volunteer? went along, I kept hearing the heathen say: " Give us
At the St. Helena council, held in 1915, the following that money to help send us good missionaries. We
action was taken: " That in general we consider eight want tracts and Bibles; help us, my boy, will you
to fourteen the Junior age, but that in elementary not ? " But I kept saying: " Perhaps so, some other
schools all scholars be included in the society, regard- time, but now I want the candy, I do want the candy."
less of age." At last the heathen beat, and I am going to put all my
Books nickels into the missionary box.' "
If you had your choice, would you rather earn, or
I have a friend who is not a Christian, to whom I wish to
give a book, not too.religious. What would you recommend? save, or beg, in order to get money to give to the Lord ?
January 29, 1918 THE YOUTH'S INSTRUCTOR 15
All three ways are open to Juniors. Robert resolved assurance that the divine hand was upon the helm." " Patri
archs and Prophets," p. 105.
to save, and really that is one excellent plan. Why 2. " The entire surface of the earth was changed at the
don't you get a small bank, and put it in a prominent flood. . . . The mountains, once so beautiful in their perfect
place where you will see it every day, and just see how symmetry, had become broken and irregular. Stones, ledges,
and ragged rocks were now scattered upon the surface of the
much you can save for missions? earth. In many places, hills and mountains had disappeared,
leaving no trace where they once stood; and plains had given
SUMMER before last I went up into our attic one place to mountain ranges. ... At this time immense forests
were buried. These have since been changed to coal, forming
warm day, and collected all the newspapers and maga- the extensive coal beds that now exist, and also yielding large
zines that I could find. After tying them in neat bun- quantities of oil. The coal and oil frequently ignite and burn
beneath the surface of the earth. Thus rocks are heated,
dles, I had them weighed, and sold them to a rag- limestone is burned, and iron ore melted. The action of the
man who often passed by. I received forty-three water upon the lime adds fury to the intense heat, and causes
cents for the bundles. They were doing no good earthquakes, volcanoes, and fiery issues. As the fire and water
come in contact with ledges of rock and ore, there are heavy
stowed away in the attic, so you see the forty-three explosions, . . . volcanic eruptions follow; and these often
cents was clear gain. Boys and girls can earn many failing to give sufficient vent to the heated elements, the earth
a nickel simply by saving and selling old papers and
magazines. The only requirement is that the papers
must be neat and clean. Save your old papers and get
others to save theirs for you. It pays!
UNCLE SAM'S mail bag often brings to us interesting
bits of news from our Senior Missionary Volunteer
Societies; but only once in a long time do we hear any-
thing from the Junior societies. I wonder why. Last
week's mail brought a letter from Cape May Court
House, New Jersey, where there has been a thriving
Junior band for several years. They usually do splen-
didly with the Reading Course. So far this year, eight
have completed the Junior course for 1917-18. It cer-
tainly is a fine course. Have you read it? E. i.
The Sabbath School
VI Coming Out of the Ark; the Rainbow
LESSON SCRIPTURE: Gen. 8; 9:1-19.
MEMORY VERSE : " I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall
be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth." Gen.
STUDY HELPS: "Patriarchs and Prophets," pp. 105-110;
THE BOW OF PROMISE
"Bible Lessons." McKibbin, Book One, pp. 53-59.
This is the token of the covenant. Gen. 9: 17.
" If all were rain and never sun,
No bow could span the hill; itself is convulsed, the ground heaves and swells like the
If all were sun and never rain, waves of the sea, great fissures appear, and sometimes cities,
There'd be no rainbow still." villages, and burning mountains are swallowed up." Id., pp.
Questions 3. " Noah had come forth upon a desolate earth; but before
1. In the experience of Noah what evidence is given us preparing a house for himself, he built an altar to God. His
that the Lord does not forget those who trust and obey him ? stock of cattle was small, and had been preserved at great
Gen. 8: i. Note i. expense; yet he cheerfully gave a part to the Lord, as an
2. How did God cause the waters to abate? Verses 1-3. acknowledgment that all was his. In like manner it should
3. Where did the ark find a quiet resting place? As the be our first care to render our freewill offerings to God."
waters decreased, what were seen? Verses 4, 5. Id., p. 106.
4. What efforts did Noah make forty days later to find 4. " In heaven the semblance of a rainbow encircles the
out if the earth was dry? Verses 6-12. throne, and overarches the head of Christ. . . . When man
5. When the earth was dry, what did God say to Noah? by his great wickedness invites the divine judgments, the
Verses 13-16. Saviour, interceding with the Father in his behalf, points to
6. What effect did the flood have upon the earth? Note 2. the bow in the clouds, to the rainbow around the throne and
7. When Noah left the ark, what did he at once do? Verse above his own head, as a token of the mercy of God toward
20. Note 3. the repentant sinner." Id., p. lof.
8. What did the Lord say in his heart? What will continue
as long as the earth remains? Verses 21, 22.
9. After this what did God say to Noah ? What were men A Creed
not permitted to eat? Gen. g; 1-3.
10. What covenant did the Lord make with Noah? Verses " BY thine own soul's law learn to live ;
8-11. And, if men thwart thee, take no heed ;
11. What was given as the sign of this covenant or promise? And, if men hate thee, have no care.
Verses 12-16. Sing thou thy song and do thy deed;
12. What did John see in heaven? Rev. 4:2, 3. Note 4. Hope thou thy hope and pray thy prayer,
Problems And claim no crown they will not give."
How long was Noah in the ark? See Gen. 7:9-11; 8: 13-16.
What causes earthquakes and volcanoes ? See " Patriarchs ' THE man who wins is an average man,
and Prophets," page 108. Not built on any particular plan,
What makes a rainbow? What colors compose it? Not blest with any peculiar luck;
Notes Just steady and earnest and full of pluck.
I. It often seemed to the family within the ark that they ' For the man who wins is the man who works,
must perish, as for five long months their boat was tossed Who neither labor nor trouble shirks,
about, apparently at the mercy of wind and wave. It was a Who uses his hand, his head, his eyes;
trying ordeal; but Noah's faith did not waver, for he had the The man who wins is the man who tries."
16 THE YOUTH'S INSTRUCTOR January 29, 1918
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O NE of our missionaries in China in a personal let-
ter to the editor gives a glimpse of the burdens
and responsibilities even our young men are compelled
to carry in the foreign field. Perhaps if we had been
more generous with our means in years past, there
A SHORT time ago, in Hamilton, Canada, certain
officers, in an effort to bring their battalions up to
the required strength for overseas service, turned their
would now be many more in the Orient to share the^
burdens of service. This worker says:
" God is leading in the work in this field, and day
men free for three days, having instructed them to by day the message is progressing. We are here in
hunt up their relatives, chums, and acquaintances, and inland China taking active oversight of a large school.
make an effort to get them to enlist. The results were There are many bright students, and promising work-
encouraging, and the battalions were quickly brought ers among the others who are not so encouraging if we
to full strength. So it is that as soon as we enlist in judge from the appearance. Besides this, I am endeav-
the arnif of King Jesus, he immediately commissions oring to build up our Missionary Volunteer work and
us, not, simply for three days but for life, as recruiting the educational work in north China. I hope to have
officers to bring in our relatives, friends, and acquaint- full time for this work later, but at the present time
ances to his kingdom and service. laborers are so few that I am carrying, as best one man
can, three distinct lines of service, secretary of the
Educational and Missionary Volunteer departments,
Meat in Due Season
principal of the Honan Training School, and secretary
THE following letters received by one of the mem- and treasurer of the Honan Mission. We seemed like
bers of the Takoma Park Missionary Society show a large number of missionaries when coming across the
the interest taken in our truth-filled literature. The ocean, but once here in this great needy land, were
writers are superintendents of public schools. One soon lost among the millions of China. There is a
writing from Mississippi says: crying need of as many more young people to come
" Accept thanks for the copy of the paper. I have read it out here at once to lead out in the great work. They
and enjoyed the way it discusses the present war, and will ap- must come soon or some of us will be returning broken
preciate very much any other literature you have that gives
information concerning this great conflict. Thanking you for in health because of the crushing burdens that we are
your kindness, I am." necessarily bearing. We hear of the soldier boys
The other writes from Louisiana: marching to the help of Europe, and we muse of what
an encouraging sound the tramp, tramp, tramp of the
"Yours of the twelfth, with inclosed copy of the Present
Truth, has been received, for which I thank you. This paper Christian soldiers coming to our rescue and to the
contains some of the most interesting and enlightening read- active warfare in this land of the enemy would be.
ing of the present world happenings that I have seen. I And then remember that at best they would have to
shall be glad to receive further literature on present-day topics
as rdated to Bible prophecy. go into training camps for a year before they would be
" Yours sincerely." available for service, for this is a hard language, and
it needs a conquering spirit to master it, even with the
Don't Delay Lord's help. Surely God greatly blessed the mission-
aries who lately left the homeland, for in less than a
N OW" is the day of salvation." To the Lord all
time is present time. He never urges one to re-
pent and be baptized tomorrow, neither does he coun-
year the majority were actively at work. But we are
not perfect in the language and shall have hard study
ahead of us for some years to come if we ever reach
sel one to seek the Lord tomorrow. One should take the high standard of fluency which is desirable. Pray
advantage of the offers of mercy and grace now, today. for us."
To the Lord who sees the end from the beginning, who
"knows the future, the youth who rejects or neglects the Giving
counsel to remember his Creator in the days of his HAST thou plenty? Then rejoice,
youth seems as unwise as does to us the old Scotch Rejoice and freely share.
farmer who had been approached again and again by Hast thou scanty store? E'en then
A little thou canst spare.
the local representative of a fire insurance company to And hast thou only bit or crumb,
take means of protecting his barn against fire; but who A donor yet thou may'st become,
persisted in saying, " Na, Na! " with a wise shake of Since morsel from thy less or least
For bird or insect makes a feast.
the head, " Ma barn 'ull nae gang on fire!'' Then Be thy portion small or great,
when one fateful day the unexpected happened, the Thy loving, generous heart
neighbors were astonished to see the farmer, instead Will always find it large enough
To give away a part.
of helping to put out the flames, racing up and down Norwegian.